Lazzarato – Jack White (2014)

Lazzarato - Jack White (2014)

Jack White is an eclectic person with an eclectic taste in music. Lazaretto is probably his most eclectic album. There’s a lot of songs in here that have an interesting juxtaposition of country rock and alternative rock. I don’t mean alternative country either. Jack White just kind of decided he wanted to make some songs with country rock and alternative rock influences and it worked. Jack White also keeps his Detroit blues-garage rock roots in his guitar playing. I don’t know how he manages to do all these things, but I guess when you’re Jack White, you just do it.

Choice Cut: High Ball Stepper
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Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker (2014)

Benjamin Booker - Benjamin Booker (2014)

Benjamin Booker’s debut album is a wonderful mix of blues rock and garage rock, which have become so closely intertwined recently. Booker is a lot like The White Stripes and The Black Keys. No, he shouldn’t rename his act to ‘Piano’ but that wouldn’t be an inaccurate statement. Booker has that rawness that The White Stripes held on their early stuff, and the complexity that The Black Keys brought to their later stuff. It’s hard for Booker to pull off rawness and complexity at the same time, and while Booker’s efforts aren’t exactly perfect, they’re far from mediocre.

Choice Cut: Violent Shiver
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Fun House – The Stooges (1970)

Fun House - The Stooges (1970)

An album doesn’t get more rock ‘n’ roll than Fun House. Not only does this album rock like nothing else, it also rolls, “rolls” as in “grooves.” The ear-bursting guitars work in tandem with the rhythm section, and damn, does it fucking ROCK! It grabs you right from the beginning with a clutch of powerful rockers (especially T.V. Eye, which kicks off with its famous scream, (“LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORD!!!!”), but the best song here would be track four, Dirt. Iggy Pop screams, moans, grunts, whispers, shouts, occasionally even sings, and proves that he is arguably the most badass person ever to exist.

Choice Cut: Dirt
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Elephant – The White Stripes (2003)

Elephant - The White Stripes (2003)

If I had to pick an album to describe what the spirit of rock music is, I would pick Elephant.  Its lack of bass is a little unorthodox, but isn’t the spirit of rock music supposed to be a little unorthodox?  Elephant exhibits the rawness and authenticity that I love about rock music.  This isn’t some over-produced bullshit that gets played a lot today.  This album is raw, authentic, dirty, simplistic, and I love it for those very reasons.  Sure, rock can have complexity to it, but something about the simplicity of Elephant just screams “ROCK AND ROLL, BITCH”.

Choice Cut: The Air Near My Fingers
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Let It Be – The Replacements (1984)

Let It Be - The Replacements (1984)

That rare album you listen to and know with utmost certainty is the real thing. The Replacements really grew up here, and the result was their first classic album, and one of the top five albums of the ’80s. It shows us that those high school years weren’t as bad as we make them out to be. And I Will Dare (which features Peter Buck of R.E.M.) and Favorite Thing (a song about how that special someone is your favorite thing) are so optimistic! Oh man, those were the…

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Choice Cut: I Will Dare
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